Hancock Prospecting withdraws proposed Netball Australia sponsorship after player backlash

Hancock Prospecting has announced it is withdrawing a proposed sponsorship arrangement with Netball Australia, but says it will provide short-term funding to provide Netball an opportunity to arrange an alternative sponsor.
Roy Hill, which is majority-owned by Hancock Prospecting, will also be discontinuing its sponsorship arrangement with Netball Western Australia.
Hancock is owned by billionaire mining magnate Gina Rinehart.
It comes after players expressed concerns about the partnership due to Hancock Prospecting’s track record with Indigenous people and the environment.

On October 17, in the midst of the tension, then-Netball Australia Chair Marina Go stepped down.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Hancock Prospecting said it was not aware of “the complexity of preexisting issues between Netball Australia and the Players Association”.
“Hancock, and similarly Roy Hill, embarked on these proposed partnerships in good faith and on the basis of representations and its resulting understanding that Netball Australia and the sport’s key stakeholder groups including the Australian Diamonds, were united in their support of one of West Australia’s preeminent mining companies becoming their principal sponsor,” the statement said.

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